Mutton Yakhni Pulao

Mutton Yakhni Pulao

Tired of making your same old mutton biryani? Try this flavorful rice that is cooked in a yogurt gravy which makes the rice so flavorful. It is simply delicious. 

There is yogurt/curd in this yummy biryani, of which you can't find a trace of once cooked. So if you don't like yogurt you are still bound to like it. The flavors of this amazing biryani are delectable. You will not feel heavy and tired. And so this is a perfect recipe for your Friday biryani if you are anything like our family (we always have mandatory biryani for Friday lunch after Jumu'ah prayer). The perfect family get-togethers every weekend. Perhaps the only day we get to see all the members from the family happily sitting together to share a scrumptious feast. 

The spices are bound in a muslin cloth and left to cook with the mutton, so that the mutton stock gets the flavors from the whole spices. I could not get a proper step by step. I was in a hurry, excuse me for that. But if you have any doubts or questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

I was skeptical to first try this, but thanks to the dear sisters from a Whatsapp group called Desi Bite, I happened to be in, I wanted to try this pulao. The seasoning from the mutton stock enhances the flavor of the basmati rice, which balances the whole dish and makes it very flavourful. My husband loves this pulao. So what are you waiting for? Make this for the coming long weekend/holiday and impress your family! Let's make a headway to the ingredients: 


 Muslin cloth  

  1. Cinnamon sticks 3-4
  2. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  3. Black pepper 1 tsp
  4. Coriander seeds 1 tbs
  5. Cloves 4-5
  6. Green cardamom 4-5
  7. Fennel seeds 1 tsp
Serves: 3-4 people
  • Mutton ½ kg
  • Onion 1 
  • Garlic cloves 5-6
  • Salt 1 & ½ tsp or to taste
  • Water 3 cups 
  • Vegetable Oil 3 tablespoon 
  • Ghee 3 tablespoon
  • Onion sliced 1 
  • Cloves 4-
  • Black pepper ½ tsp
  • Green cardamom 4-5
  • Green chilies sliced 3-4 
  • Cumin seeds ½ tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tbs
  • Black pepper powder 1 Tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp or to taste 
  • Yogurt 1 cup
  • Rice soaked 2 cups


  1. - Take a muslin cloth and add all whole spice (cinnamon sticks, cumin seeds, black pepper, coriander seeds, cloves, green cardamom, fennel seeds) and tie them in a pack.
  2. - In a pan add mutton, Whole spices pack, onion (cut in 4 parts), garlic cloves, salt and water. And pressure cook the mutton for about 7-8 whistles and open the lid only when the pressure is completely gone.
  3.  - Now strain mutton. Take out mutton pieces and set aside. Save mutton stock and set aside. Remaining ingredients (onions, garlic and spices pack) shall be discarded.
  4. - In a pan, heat oil and ghee, and add onion, fry for a min and add, cloves, black pepper, green cardamom and fry until onion are golden brown. 
  5. - Add green chilies, cumin seeds, and crackle for a min and add boiled mutton and fry for 2-3 mins. Add ginger garlic and mix well, add black pepper powder and salt.
  6. - Add yogurt gradually while stirring and cook/fry until oil separates. Now add mutton stock (3 cups for 2 cups rice) bring it to boil and add rice. Cover and steam cook (dum) for about 15 minutes on low flame. Try not to open in between. It helps to retain the texture. after 15 minutes fluff up the rice using a fork and check if the rice needs any more cooking. 
  7. - Delicious Mutton Yakhni Pulao is ready to serve with chutney/pickles/pappad. Enjoy!

Do try this recipe and don't forget to share your experience/feedback with me here in the comments or feel free to send me a mail. Also, do tag me at #taystedit if you try out my recipes on Facebook, Instagram etc so that I can see when you make it. ♡♡♡♡

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  1. How much qty should I increase of ingredients should I add more if I want to make this with 1 kilo of Mutton and 2.5 cups of rice.
    Is it possible if I can join the whatsapp group desi bites?

  2. You will not have to increase the quantity of the other ingredients as there isn't much of an increase in the mutton and rice.. You may add in an extra medium sized onion, and add in an extra 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste, also do add in seasoning as required. As of the group I am not sure. Will have to check.
    Do try and let me know how you liked it by tagging me on #taystedit or on Facebook or Instagram ♥️

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